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Brain and Cognitive Sciences
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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions in relation to COVID-19

We are aware of the difficulties that might occur in your application process because of the coronavirus. We are monitoring the situation closely and will act when needed, following the guidelines of the Dutch government.

  • On this page, we have provided an overview that will help you prepare as best as possible and will also answer frequently asked questions.
  • Please visit the UvA coronavirus application and admission FAQ and check out the information for the most up-to-date situation.
  • If you can’t find your answer here of have other questions, please contact us on
  • Has the application deadline been postponed?

    No, the application deadline remains 1 May.

  • Where can I get information about the Master's? Is there anywhere I can ask questions?

    Besides the information on our Master’s webpage, these are additional sources of information you can use to orientate yourself on the programme:

    • Contact our (International) Student Ambassadors via Unibuddy chat. Here, you can find a Brain and Cognitive Sciences student who will answer your questions.
    • Course catalogue. Please note that this describes the current programme.
  • I will not be able to submit all the required documents because my exams are postponed/school is closed. How should I proceed?

    For now, the government is holding onto a start of the academic year per September 1st, with an application deadline of May 1st. If you cannot submit the required documents in time, please send us digital copies instead. Please note that it is preferable that these are sent in by your University or Examinations Board.

  • What if I’m not able to complete my Bachelor’s before the start of the Master’s? What conditions are there for continuing from a Bachelor’s to a Master’s?

    Dutch prior education

    The UvA will make it possible for students with a Dutch prior education to start with a Master’s in the academic year 2022-2023, even if you haven't completed your Bachelor’s fully. The following conditions apply:

    1. your delay may not exceed 15 ECTS*;
    2. your delay is caused by the corona measures.

    * An exception to the 15 ECTS rule applies if you are missing max 30 ECTS and part of this 30 ECTS is due to delay of your Bachelor's project/thesis because of the corona crisis. If your supervisor or examiner provides a statement clarifying how much workload (expressed in ECTS) is remaining in your Bachelor's project and this results in an remaining overall workload that does not exceed 15 ECTS, you can also be admitted to the MSc programme.

    You have one academic year to complete your Bachelor’s.
    The 15 ECTS limit is to ensure a manageable and achievable workload in the 2022-2023 academic year.

    International prior education

    These conditions also apply to EU/EEA students, but only if the international Bachelor's programme can be finished online.

    Non-EU/EEA students will need to complete their Bachelor’s before the start of the Master’s.

    How do you apply for an exemption?

    It will be possible in the application process to hand in a request for exemption to start the Master’s if the Bachelor’s is not completed. Please see step 8 in the Application process. You need to provide an official grade list and a statement from your Bachelor's project supervisor or examiner.

  • What if I cannot start the programme?

    If you cannot make the 1 September start, you can cancel your application any time, even if you have previously accepted the offer of admission. If you cancel before 1 September, you will also be reimbursed for any tuition fees already paid. You might also consider deferring your application to the next available start date of your programme.

    Please contact us as soon as possible if you are not able to come to Amsterdam in time for the start of your programme because of corona-related restrictions or other reasons. 

  • If I’m admitted, when will I receive information about the start of the Master's?

    If you are admitted to the programme, we will inform you in mid-June about the start of the programme, such as a list of books to acquire, information about the introduction day, etc.